The Free Press, Mankato, MN

October 27, 2012

Hoffner seeks dismissal of child porn charges

MSU football coach in court Wednesday

By Tim Krohn
Free Press Staff Writer

MANKATO — Suspended MSU football coach Todd Hoffner is asking a judge to dismiss two

felony charges of child pornography.

Hoffner¹s attorney, Jim Fleming, filed a motion for dismissal in Blue Earth

County District Court last week in advance of a hearing Wednesday before

Judge Krista Jass.

Fleming argues the videos prosecutors are using as evidence are not child

pornography.

Hoffner, 46, has been on paid administrative leave from the university since

he was escorted off a field during practice Aug. 17. He was arrested and

charged later that month.

He is accused of using his young children to make three short videos, which

prosecutors say contain child pornography, on a cellphone that had been

issued to him by the university. The videos show the children dancing naked

and touching themselves, according to the charges.

Fleming has made two previous requests to Blue Earth County prosecutors to

drop the charges, after Fleming received confirmation from law enforcement

that no child pornography had been found on computers taken from Hoffner¹s

house in Eagle Lake and following an investigation by Blue Earth County

Human Services that found no evidence Hoffner¹s children had been sexually

abused.

Three universities where Hoffner had previously coached also found no

evidence of wrongdoing after reviewing computer and cellphone records from

his time at those schools.

Hoffner¹s wife, Melodee, has said publicly the videos were not sexual and

simply showed innocent family fun.

Hoffner posted a $40,000 bond for his unconditional release from jail after

he made his first court appearance for the charges. He has been volunteering

with youth football.

Fleming and Blue Earth County prosecutors declined to comment on the recent motion, according to a report in the Star Tribune.